Minterne House & Gardens

Secluded gardens, famed for their seasonal profusion of rhododendron, azalea, Japanese cherries and magnolia.

Minterne Magna, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7AU

Minterne Gardens, Dorchester, Dorset
Free for members
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Bike storage facilities
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Garden only
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

A historic house in an unequalled setting, Minterne House is a unique family home.

You can visit the unique Himalayan gardens and wander ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ through Minterne’s wild woodland gardens and let the tranquility provide that perfect antidote to life’s stresses.

Opening Times


February – 15 November.

Open every day, 10.00am – 6.00pm (last entry at 5.30pm).

Gardens only for visiting. For information about the house, see our Weddings and Stays tabs.

Weather permitting, our Garden Tea shop is open between 10.30am and 4.30pm serving a delicious selection of cakes and light lunches.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adults: £6
Under 12: Free

Single season ticket price: £17.50
Double season ticket price: £27.50

Group Visits

Groups are welcome to visit the house and garden, refreshments can be provided as well as lunch and dinner.

Please contact us on 01300 341370 or email

Educational Visits

We welcome visits from primary and secondary schools.

Tours will be given by the owner if available, or the Head Gardener in his absence.

Contact Maureen Panchen on 01300 341370, or email

  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.



Minterne Gardens: In Pictures

“A corner of paradise”

There are 27 acres of wild woodland garden, noted for the historic collection of Rhododendrons, Azaleas & Magnolias. As seen on BBC Gardeners’ World and described as “a corner of paradise” by Simon Jenkins.

Birthplace of a Winston Churchill

The 1st Sir Winston Churchill was born here.
His brother the Duke of Marlborough "just had to make do with Blenheim".

Everard Digby was hung drawn & quartered for his part in the Gunpowder plot.

Minterne Gardens, Dorchester, Dorset

Choose Minterne as the venue for your special event, seminar, wedding or wedding reception. We offer boundless opportunities for entertaining and private dining for you and your guests.

The perfect wedding venue

Licenced for Civil Ceremonies and Wedding Receptions Minterne House is the ideal location for your big day.

Minterne House wedding reception

Henry is the current Lord Digby. The house, estate and gardens originally belonged to the Churchill family and were bought by the Digbys 250 years ago.

Sleeping at Minterne House

Find leaded windows, flagstone floors and big old fireplaces, a library stuffed with books, a very comfortable sitting room and a family kitchen.

Minterne House, Dorchester, Dorset

Getting here

Minterne Magna, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7AU

On A352 Dorchester to Sherborne road. 2 miles north of Cerne Abbas Giant.


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Minterne Gardens in summer

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